Monthly Archives: January 2014

Why I love The Book Thief

Susan Lattwein

I first saw Markus Zusak when he still had pimples, giving an author talk at a Sydney library. Way before he’d written The Book Thief.

Having read The Underdog, I knew Markus had a way with words. But The Book Thief is unique and will surely acquire the status of a classic. I knew it was a specially crafted tale when I first read it in 2005, and am so glad it’s finally going to be released as a motion picture.

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Why is The Book Thief special, besides making me cry?

It’s not just the story, but how it’s written. I could tell you The Book Thief is narrated by death (yes, death), set in Nazi Germany, and is the story of a young girl who steals books and lives with her foster parents who protect a young Jewish man at their peril. You would correctly assume the…

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Same-sex couple says priest denied them communion due to relationship

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CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A couple who lives outside of Chillicothe say their priest denied them communion when he discovered they were in a same-sex relationship. Carol Parker and her partner of nearly 20 years, Josephine Martin, say they were good standing members of Saint Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe for 12 years.

They say that all changed when Parker had her mother’s funeral at the church following her death on December 26th. The obituary noted Parker’s mother was survived by a son, a daughter and her daughter’s partner.

“If that one word had not been in there, he would be fine,” said Martin.

Parker said she had been a member since 2001 and served as a lector, a cantor and also sang in the choir.

“He had called me the day of the rosary and said he wouldn’t be able to give us communion because of our same-sex…

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Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen from Italian church

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ROME (CNN) — Missing: One small, round, golden container. Contents: The blood of the late, soon-to-be-canonized Pope John Paul II. If found, please notify Italian police and the church of San Pietro della Ienca.

Officers from the Carabinieri, Italy’s military police, plan to comb the nearby mountains where John Paul used to vacation before his death in 2005, hoping to find tracks in the snow that will lead them to whoever broke into the church and stole the item over the weekend, Carabinieri Col. Savino Guarino said.

But investigators are also searching for the relic — which holds a square bloodstained piece of cloth about 2 cm (3/4 inch) — all over Italy, he said.

The relic and a golden cross were the only things stolen from San Pietro, located near the city of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region, church members said.

Pasquale Corriere, who helped restore the church, said…

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A Little Girl’s ‘..Voluptuous Breasts..’ to Blame for 6 Muslims Gang-Raping Her in West Bengal India

The ultimate going over the edge of madness to the false idea that feminists speak of about how some idiots really think how a woman dresses or what she looks like might mean she deserved to be raped. This article really does a great job of showing what it looks like when there are men stupid and evil enough to believe those pernicious myths about rape. “Liked” and “Reblogged!”
Feminists should be more vocal about how badly Muslim countries treat women. I might write a whole blog on that sometime.

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India Protest Against Rape 2

Protest in West Bengal, India to draw attention to the rape epidemic.

One man apprehended receives 5-day jail sentence.  The other 5 men still at large.

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West Bengal Police last night arrested one Mohammad Kalu, one of the accused in the gangrape of a girl in Chakulia police station area of North Dinajpur, a northern district of the State.

Kalu was today produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Islampur. The court sent him in five days’ police remand. Five other accused are still on the run.

Six Muslim men allegedly raped the girl on the night of 16 January when she was returning home after attending a ‘Islamic jalsa’ programme in the next village. They took the victims at a solitary field and left her finally at a riverside.

Muslim clerics delivered in that Islamic Jasla…

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RMC Responds: What Roe Really Means and Why it Matters

A conservative defense of why women should have the right to bodily autonomy and why abortion should be legal.

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This week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions in American history.  In honor of the 1973 decision, we want to take this opportunity to focus on what Roe really means for Americans and why choice matters so much. 

 As representatives from both sides of the abortion debate speak out about Roe and imposing new restrictions in reproductive health rights, you may be asking yourself this question: why should I care?  One Facebook commenter this week even said, “I can’t believe that this is still an issue, 40 years after Roe v Wade” highlighting how contested this right still is as battles for choice and personal liberty continue to rage across the country.
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We, like millions of other Republicans, believe in the GOP core values safeguarding the constitutional protections of privacy and the separation of Church and State…

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MUSLIM VIOLENCE SURGES IN CHRISTIAN-MAJORITY COUNTRY

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In the Central African Republic,  human rights groups and the United Nations estimate more than 2,000 people have been killed in sectarian violence that began, analysts say, when a Muslim faction took control of the majority-Christian country.  Speaking through the Christian group Open Doors USA, a pastor who identifies himself as Noel believes the central African nation is seeing the early signs of genocide. “In 20 years of my service to God, I have never seen such trials as these. Since the (Muslim) Seleka (faction] came to the country, even the Muslims with whom we have always lived in peace have turned against us. They are now aggressive toward us,” Noel said.
“These rebels are raping our daughters and murdering our people. We know of cases where people have been locked in their homes and burned alive. Everyone trying to escape was shot dead.” Muslims make up about 15 percent of the…

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Top 10 Of The World’s Cheapest Patrol [INFOGRAPHIC] #cheapest #patrol

I want to ride my motorcycle through Venezuela!

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